Michael MacArthur Bosack is a Ph.D. Candidate at the International University of Japan’s Graduate School of International Relations. Prior to leaving military service to pursue his Ph.D., he served as the Deputy Chief of Government Relations at Headquarters, U.S. Forces, Japan. There, he was part of the team that drafted and implemented the 2015 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation. Michael was one of the founding members of the Alliance Coordination Mechanism and acted as the lead negotiator for the United States government in implementation of mutual asset protection authorities. He also served as the Headquarters’ multilateral coordinator, working with United Nations Command and South Korean and Australian partners.
His current Ph.D. research examines Alliance Theory, specifically focusing on the negotiations and outcomes of the 1997 and 2015 Defense Guidelines between the United States and Japan. Other research areas include Japanese Security Practice, North Korean brinkmanship, Postwar Occupation Policy, and Leadership Studies.